The Growlers took the phrase “Beach Goth” as an apt descriptor of their music. Sunburned and salty, that term perfectly describes their distinctive melding of reverb heavy surf guitar and Bakersfield-style honky tonk with ‘80s post-punk.
This is especially true of Chinese Fountain, the band’s fifth full-length set to be released on September 23rd via Everloving Records. Eleven songs that finely hone their gypsy folk dirges and psychedelic sea shanties, but assured enough to layer in shades of many new influences: the loping ska beat of Dull Boy and Going Gets Tuff, the playful disco beat behind the title track, or the Teardrop Explodes-like agitation of Good Advice.
For now, we have Big Toe for you to listen to…enjoy.